Rev. Amy Seifert

Pastor

lawrencecentralpastor@gmail.com

Amy is a Kansas native hailing from Leavenworth. She graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and received a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Before being ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church, she served churches in Minnesota, Missouri and Utah as a Minister of Music. She pastored churches in Utah and Nebraska before her appointment at Central UMC. She and her husband Todd have two grown children.

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Evans

Youth Pastor

youthlawrencecentral@gmail.com

Liz is a lifelong Methodist who grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and was baptized, confirmed, and raised at Calvary UMC. She received her BA in English at Washburn University in Topeka. While there, she was involved in the United Methodist Campus Ministry, where she first heard her call to pursue ordained ministry. She holds both an MDiv and MTS in Hebrew Bible from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she published her thesis, Nevertheless, they Persisted: Women’s Solidarity as Resistance in the Hebrew Bible. Liz is passionate about the intersections of Christian education, ethical biblical interpretation, and social justice. Before returning to Kansas, Liz served for four years at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights (FUMCAH) under a variety of job titles, primarily focusing in the areas of justice, LGBTQ, youth, and young adult ministries. Liz continues to serve FUMCAH on a contractual basis as the Off-Site Pastor of Justice Ministries. Liz also works as a voter engagement organizer for RuralOrganizing.org. In her free time, Liz enjoys playing guitar and piano, writing, playing soccer, casting spells on the game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and camping and hiking with her wife, Meaghan, and two rambunctious dogs, Frankie and Ralphie.

 

 

Missy Combs

Communications Director

cumccomms@gmail.com

Missy has been a Kansan for eight years working for the University of Kansas since 2012 as a Digital Media Specialist.  She’s recently graduated from KU with a Master of Science in Journalism in Digital Content Strategy.  Her goal is to bridge the gap between the old way of communicating and the new way of sharing her love for the Lord.  You can find her on Sunday mornings running the audio/video for worship or on an epic adventure with her son and two pups.

 

Karen Puckett

Music Director

 cumcmusicdirector@yahoo.com

Karen Puckett is a recently retired music educator.  She keeps active in music playing violin, viola, piano and handbells.   She serves as a music adjudicator of the Kansas High School Activities Association and volunteers for KU Audio Reader.  Karen lives with her husband, Larry, in Lawrence Kansas where she enjoys composing, baking, playing golf and traveling.

 

Becky Harris

Handbell Director

beckyh@lchbc.org

Becky spent her early years in Michigan, started playing bells in a neighborhood church with her friends from orchestra class from fifth through 10th grades.  She picked them back up in 2000 in AREA 2, Pennsylvania, where the opportunity to either direct a church group or disband was presented.  Directing was the only real option.  She gained valuable exposure and directing skills at an AREA 2 festival in Kutztown, PA and has been directing in church choirs in Pennsylvania and in Kansas.  Becky is a member of Handbell Musicians of America in AREA 8.

Janett Phelon

Administrative Assistant

Cumcsecretary1947@gmail.com

Janett grew up on a farm near Melvern, KS. She taught 9th grade typing in Chanute, KS before moving to Lawrence. For the past 32 years, Janett has worked in the newspaper industry as a sales manager, business manager and most recently as a financial analyst. She recently retired after almost 30 years with The Olathe Daily News & The Kansas City Star. She enjoys her free time quilting, gardening, traveling and spending time with her Sheltie, Shayla.